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The effect of viscoelasticity on the dynamics of gas bubbles near free surfaces

Lind, Steven John and Phillips, Timothy Nigel 2013. The effect of viscoelasticity on the dynamics of gas bubbles near free surfaces. Physics of Fluids 25 (2) , 022104-022135. 10.1063/1.4790512

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The dynamics of bubbles immersed in a viscoelastic fluid directly beneath an initially plane free surface is modelled using the boundary integral method. The model predicts a range of dynamics that is dependent on the Deborah number, the Reynolds number and the proximity of the bubble to the free surface. The motion of the free surface jet caused by the collapse of a bubble in a viscoelastic fluid can be significantly retarded compared with the Newtonian case. The axial jet predicted in many instances in the Newtonian case is not observed when the inertial forces are sufficiently small. In this case an annular jet forms that can penetrate the bubble. At high Deborah numbers, there is a return to Newtonian-like dynamics since the effects of viscosity are abated by elasticity to such an extent that inertia is the prevailing influence on bubble dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
ISSN: 1070-6631
Last Modified: 25 May 2018 14:19

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